Stuff n’ Dump

Stuff n’ Dump

>> Example illustrating why I'm a stuff n' dumper when it comes to my bags?  Even when I'm carrying seemingly non-scruffy bags – Mulberry, Miu Miu etc – my methods of stuffing them to the brim, flinging them about, dumping them on the floor means that in Moscow, where in well-to-do restaurants, the waiters actually bring little mini-stools for ladies to rest their handbags on, they take one look at my stuffed n' dumped bags and decide that the stools would be wasted on me.  The floor is good enough.  I also got punished the other night as a friend on our dinner table spilt coke all over the Mulberry.  S'all good though.  It dried immediately.   My friend was surprised at how calm and UN-freaked out I was over the spillage. 

With this careless attitude and possibility of handbag calamities in mind, I look upon New York-based bag label Thomas IV, designed by Lia Cinquegrano as definite stuffing n' dumping vessels.  That's not an insult to the bags by the by.  There's a discernable and prominent amount of 'slouch' in the bags and in particular the bucket shape has an interesting structure to it, with plenty of pockets to stuff Tic Tacs, receipts and pound coins in (three things that I often find months later nestled into the depths of my bags…).  The muddy colours, Ikat weaving only add to the cosy and approachable qualities of the bags in this A/W 11-12 collection.  No sharp edges, studs, hard clasps that could knock into you.  Instead you have subtle but eye-catching colour combinations, tactile fabrics and ultimately bags that look like they can take a fair bit of a battering and will look all the better after they've been abused a bit…







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  1. Moly

    2011-03-23 at 9:03 AM

    Yup! Indian bags!

  2. Swan

    2011-03-23 at 9:25 AM

    oof. brilliant.

  3. HOP

    2011-03-23 at 9:25 AM


  4. Horn ok please

    2011-03-23 at 9:28 AM

    great work……..

  5. Joy D.

    2011-03-23 at 10:37 AM

    I can’t believe you bag collection! So exspensive.
    I am going to transition to bookbags and satchels from here on out. Designer bookbags/knapsacks are worth it.

  6. ellio100

    2011-03-23 at 10:57 AM

    they’re fantastic, and they look so sturdy! my mum had a bag like this once, but it’s fading fast with wear and tear. These might be a good replacement 😀

  7. michelle

    2011-03-23 at 11:05 AM

    coolest bucket bag
    The Dress Up Corner

  8. Maria Luisa

    2011-03-23 at 11:56 AM

    Hi Susie, I love your blog! You do a great job, always finding out new interesting brands and emerging designers. If you have time, check out my blog too:
    Thanks. Maria Luisa. p.s. I took a picture to you during London Fashion Week

  9. Nika Chic

    2011-03-23 at 11:58 AM

    They are stunning, want them all 🙂

  10. SJP

    2011-03-23 at 3:30 PM

    Lovely patterns but like you I’m a ‘stuffer’ so not convinced these babies could hold all my junk : )

  11. Mila

    2011-03-23 at 4:04 PM

    All bags are so cute!

  12. Norah

    2011-03-23 at 5:30 PM

    beautiful bags
    Hi Everyone, could you please do my quick survey on subcultures (I promise it isnt boring)

  13. Thestylistdb

    2011-03-23 at 6:43 PM

    Aahahha I love your hilarious comments and way of looking at life and things and how you mix work, fashion and life ina cool relaxed way…No more FB button?? I loved to share your links on FB 🙁

  14. the danish girl

    2011-03-23 at 7:59 PM

    Really cool bags. They’d look so cool with a festival outfit this summer 🙂

  15. korlei

    2011-03-23 at 8:35 PM

    I really like you and your style. You are unique and i admire and respect that so much 😀
    (my blog)>


    2011-03-23 at 8:36 PM
  17. korlei

    2011-03-23 at 8:37 PM
    hehe link was broken up top 😛

  18. Ropuni

    2011-03-23 at 11:53 PM

    Love it… Just started designing bags myself

  19. zhiiiiii

    2011-03-24 at 12:12 AM

    really cool!
    btw, SIX Magazine will be launch on the 24th March at the incredible tropical garden room at the Barbican centre, London.

  20. Beckerman Girls

    2011-03-24 at 4:45 AM

    LOVE LOVE LOVE these ikad bags!!! soo the Dries feelin’ vibe which I’m obbbsesed with!! The bucket one would look sooooooooo cute with a pomeranian popping out of it 🙂
    xoThe Beckerman Girls

  21. debs

    2011-03-24 at 6:14 AM

    you never fail to impress

  22. Espen

    2011-03-25 at 3:12 AM

    gosh, i love these bucket bags

  23. zebiah

    2011-04-05 at 4:04 PM

    super nice!!!

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    2011-07-25 at 10:13 AM

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